Columns

Prolonging the harvest season

It's been an unusually hot summer., but autumn weather is drawing near. If you want to protect your garden plants and extend the harvest season, it's time to prepare.Hopefully, it won't be too late by the time you read this. The Old Farmers' Almanac says there's a 50 percent chance of first ...

No reason for Essex County to litigate FOIL request

Late last year, Crown Point's Bethany Kosmider filed a Freedom of Information Law request with Essex County. In her request, Kosmider asked to review a copy of the electronic ballot images and cast vote records for the general election held last November.County officials have blocked Kosmider's ...

Moving past the Common Core

Now that interest in the "wonders" of Common Core is waning, let's not make the same mistake again, rush out and purchase another canned program like the new reading or math products of the past that were supposed to bring about miracles. They are now relegated to the attics of our schools, and ...

Growing old in the moment

The other day I was shopping for light bulbs and found one (expensive) that boasted a "25-year lifespan." I did the math and concluded the bulb will most likely outlast me.While I don't dwell on death, at age 70 it's hard not to think about it from time to time, especially when people of my ...

The IRS commissioner merits impeachment

WASHINGTON - Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen's many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public. And ...

School speed limits must meet requirements

Now that school has resumed for another school year, reduced speed limits in the vicinity of schools during certain times are in effect. Have you ever wondered just what criteria are involved in creating school speed limits? Read on.A school speed limit does not guarantee lower operating ...

News from the Enterprise, May 1934

Kids boxing and wrestling for entertainment; forest fires, new policies at Will Rogers and the surprise wedding announcement of Jack Shea, Olympic Gold Medal speed skater, to Helen Stearns, helped fill the pages of this 82-year-old newspaper.Here is a headline: "Catholic Group Entertained at ...

Girl power in hunting camp and beyond

Rachel Carson, author of The Sense of Wonder, explained that every child has an inborn sense of wonder waiting to be guided to its full potential. Whether this innate sense of wonder will thrive or shrivel depends largely on the "companionship of at least one adult who is willing to take the ...

Summits overrun over Labor Day

Cars were parked illegally up and down Adirondack Loj Road. Waste of all kinds piled up on the trails. Labor Day weekend brought more people to the Adirondack High Peaks than ever before. The situation was dangerous for drivers, hikers and wildlife. Were it not for the hard work of the Summit ...

Deep hearts and gentle people

One of life's supreme ironies is while we all think we're the most intelligent animal, still we barely understand each other.I should amend that to we barely understand each other before the fact.A perfect example is the nameless, faceless work-a-day nobody who no one takes special notice of - ...

Library Story Time begins Sept. 15

Story Time programsPreschoolers, join the fun each Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., starting Sept. 15, in the Elinor B. Preis Children's Room. The programs will include stories, poems, songs, fun with other children, and occasionally special activities, projects and holiday parties. Many ...

Where American democracy failed, Scotland succeeded in 1777

The nation's current socio-political quagmire and blatant religious ethno-cultural racism, as painfully and brazenly demonstrated by this election season, brings to mind just how severely America has failed to live up to the tenets of its 18th-century Declaration of Independence and the ...

Detailing the nature around you

"The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling," by John Muir Laws, Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2016.---Surrounded by beauty as I am in this region, I worry some days that I take it for granted - wash of thin clouds over the hills, burble of bird and quick glimpse of copper feathers, shimmer of ...

What does ARTA really want?

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates claim ripping out tracks all the way back to Thendara for a trail will flood the Tri-Lakes with visitors, create jobs and be a wonderful thing for locals. ARTA has lots to say - but is sending mixed messages that don't add up and is using other tactics ...

An immodest proposal for a better Saranac Lake

Not just Saranac Lake, either. The entire planet. It would cost little or nothing, and it's easy.It's this: undertake a concerted effort to reduce emission of greenhouse gases to zero.By concerted I mean all-hands-on-deck, communal, organized, intense, and well publicized.For 10 years, the ...

The EU’s taxing problem

Economics was not one of my favorite subjects in college, so I avoided economic courses. But I do know a few things about human nature. If you tax income at too high a rate, corporations will look elsewhere for relief.Take Ireland.In 1991, Apple Corporation cut a deal with the Irish government ...

Democrats really need white, blue-collar voters

You're a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation's political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All "the best people" - presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers - told you that American trade ...

School resumes — watch for students, buses

Probably the worst thing any driver could encounter is hitting a child. Then, why do an estimated 50,000 motorists illegally pass a stopped school bus in New York state EVERY SCHOOL DAY? Certainly every driver knows it is against the law to pass a stopped school bus with red lights flashing, no ...

Village board tackles big problem, 1938

(This makes the 2016 hotel controversy pretty small potatoes.)I told my dear readers last week that my copy of the Oct. 4, 1938 Enterprise was brimming with local news now this how would you like to be in the shoes of Mayor Thomas P. Ward facing trying to solve this big problem?"To Save a ...

The time is right to get kids outside

Although there has been a ground swell of interest in getting children "back to the woods" over the past decade, there remains much to be done. The electronic age is still expanding at full throttle, and as it does the interest in outdoor recreation continues to decline.Despite public awareness ...